Towards Automatic Recognition of Emotional States of Animals

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Automatic recognition of human emotions is a vibrant multi-disciplinary topic attracting increasing interest in many scientific communities due to its numerous applications in healthcare, human-machine interaction, decision support and many more. Analogously to humans, animals experience many emotions, some of which are universal across species. Recognition of animal emotions is crucial for assessment of animal welfare and has many applications in veterinary science and applied behavior. Yet there is very little research on automatic recognition in this context. This research aims to take the first step in investigating and developing AI-based approaches for automatic recognition of animal emotions based on visual modalities: images and videos. Our main focus will be on emotions of positive/negative valence, and on pain. As such, the developed machine learning approaches have the potential for far reaching applications, e.g., for veterinary science (in the context of pain recognition) and automatic monitoring of welfare of sheltered animals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACI 2021 - 8th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450385138
StatePublished - 8 Nov 2021
Event8th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, ACI 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 8 Nov 202111 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference8th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, ACI 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer vision
  • Emotion recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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